MUSCAT, 20 December 2014 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, marked a big celebration under the auspices of H.E Shaikh Salim bin Rabea al Sunaidi, Wali of Al Mudhaibi, to hand over a green playground developed as part of the Green Sports initiative to Al Khadra Sports Team in the wilayat of Al Mudhaibi. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries, senior bank officials and a large turn-out of football enthusiasts.
The Green Sports initiative launched in 2012 by Bank Muscat in association with the Ministry of Sports Affairs to promote Oman as a sporting nation has widened its reach across the Sultanate. In a record time, the bank has achieved notable success in developing green fields in all parts of the Sultanate, thus contributing to realising the sporting dreams of clubs and teams. Till date in the first three years of the programme, 34 sports clubs have been given support to green their playing fields. The bank's support to the initiative stems from its commitment to giving a helping hand to all deserving teams and clubs in Oman to green their playing fields.
H.E. Shaikh Salim bin Rabea al Sunaidi congratulated Bank Muscat for the success achieved by the greening initiative. H.E. Shaikh Salim said: “The Green Sports initiative complements the government efforts in building a sporting nation by providing the youth the required infrastructure facilities. The initiative benefiting communities, especially youth, contributes to sustainable development and protection of the environment, thereby ensuring all-round development in Oman."
Yousuf Al Rawahi, Sr. Regional Manager - North & South Dakhiliya & North Sharqiya Regions, said: “The inauguration of the green playground in Al Mudhaibi endorses the bank's commitment to support the youth representing the country's future. We congratulate Al Khadra Team for seizing the opportunity to green their playing field, thereby setting a fine example for other clubs and teams in Oman. The initiative is a strategic decision by the bank in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports Affairs to promote Oman as a sporting nation."
The funding criteria for the programme include that sports clubs/teams should have been in existence for three years with a minimum membership of 300 youth from the local community. Bank Muscat will lay turf grass and hand over the fields to beneficiary clubs/teams. The bank recognises that local clubs wield immense influence on neighbourhood communities, especially youth, hence clubs with modern infrastructure facilities can help raise sporting heroes for the country.
Mohammed bin Salim Al Rashdi, President of Al Khadra Team, said: “The Green Sports initiative has made vital contributions to create an environment encouraging Omani sports talents. The unique initiative is a big support for the country's youth and we are confident that many youngsters will benefit from this programme and become sporting heroes for the country."
True to its commitment to supporting varied sporting activities in the country, Bank Muscat remains at the forefront in offering the required encouragement to youth. As the nation's leading financial institution, Bank Muscat aims to motivate other corporates to provide the required impetus for youth to excel in all arenas and thereby contribute the development and progress of Oman.